Covidien ProGrip Mesh Lawsuit Filed Over Injuries Following Hernia Repair

A recently filed product liability lawsuit claims that Covidien ProGrip mesh is defective and unreasonably dangerous, causing an Alabama woman to suffer severe pain following a hernia repair, and leading to the need for corrective surgery to remove the failed mesh.

The complaint (PDF) was filed last month by Nancy Gregory and her husband, Francis, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, joining a growing number of similar claims filed against Medtronic and its Covidien unit, over problems associated with certain hernia mesh products sold in recent years.

Gregory indicates that she underwent right inguinal hernia repair in October 2018, at which time she was implanted with Covidien ProGrip mesh. However, after receiving the mesh, she began suffering complications that she claims were a direct result of the design of the hernia repair patch.

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“Defendants advertised, promoted, marketed, sold and distributed the ProGrip mesh product as a safe medical device when Defendants knew or should have known that the ProGrip mesh was not safe for its intended purposes and that the mesh product could cause serious medical problems,” according to the lawsuit, which outlines a series of problems reported to the manufacturer in the years before Gregory’s hernia repair, claiming that the risks were not adequately disclosed to consumers or the medical community.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) rejected a request to centralize Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits, like the one filed by Gregory, before one judge for coordinated pretrial proceedings.

Although there were at least 12 similar claims filed by individuals who received Covidien Parietex, ProGrip and other related products manufactured by the Medtronic subsidiary, the panel of judges determined in August 2020 that the cases will proceed individually, without centralized discovery.

The decision stood in contrast to how the U.S. JPML has handled hernia mesh cases filed against other manufacturers, with at least three separate federal multidistrict litigations (MDLs) established for claims over other products, including Bard polypropylene mesh lawsuitsEthicon Physiomesh lawsuits and Atrium C-Qur mesh lawsuits.

Together, those other proceedings involve about 15,000 claims. If the number of Covidien mesh claims filed throughout the federal court system continues to increase, it is possible the U.S. JPML may re-evaluate the decision and later determine to consolidate the lawsuit filed by Gregory with other similar claims against Covidien, to reduce duplicative discovery into common issues, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings and serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and the judicial system.

6 Comments

  • JoseJanuary 5, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    I'm scheduled for inguinal hernia repair using the pro grip mesh in two weeks, but reading these evaluations has me thinking that maybe there's a better mesh out there. Anyone know of a less dangerous mesh to be utilized

  • kennethNovember 24, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    I had laparoscopic left inguinal hernia repair using progrip by Covidien on 01/30/2014 at Kaiser in California, I have complained to the surgeon the same day and up to this day of pain for 8 years now and nothing has been done I have many doctors visits for the pain all they want me to do is take pain meds and deal with it for the rest of my life

  • AdrianAugust 17, 2022 at 9:13 am

    I had a double inguinal hernia mesh surgery in 2021 and I have had complications ever since my mesh tore the day after surgery and am getting ready to have another surgery to correct it. I have been on nerve damage meds pain meds meds for all sorts of bowel issues also.

  • DoyleAugust 4, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    I had Progrip put in my lower inguinal both right and left side for hernias in June 2, 2016 and has been in terrible pain ever since.The surgeon thought this was the best thing. That's BS, He went back in a year later and said that I had some scar tissue, but this pain was way pass that, as I hurt from the day it was put in till this day. This stuff should be banded and never use it again on anyon[Show More]I had Progrip put in my lower inguinal both right and left side for hernias in June 2, 2016 and has been in terrible pain ever since.The surgeon thought this was the best thing. That's BS, He went back in a year later and said that I had some scar tissue, but this pain was way pass that, as I hurt from the day it was put in till this day. This stuff should be banded and never use it again on anyone.

  • LoriFebruary 28, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    I had two pieces of Progrip put in my right inguinal back November 2019. I have been suffering ever since. I had surgery at Cleveland Clinic in April 2021 to have most of it removed. A piece is still attached to my iliac vein. I am still in so much pain with additional nerve pain. I live on a heating pad and haven’t been able to go back to work. NO ONE ever said this mesh would or could caus[Show More]I had two pieces of Progrip put in my right inguinal back November 2019. I have been suffering ever since. I had surgery at Cleveland Clinic in April 2021 to have most of it removed. A piece is still attached to my iliac vein. I am still in so much pain with additional nerve pain. I live on a heating pad and haven’t been able to go back to work. NO ONE ever said this mesh would or could cause so many problems. I have to many problems to list. I pray others don’t have to go thru what I have been thru. I suffer every single day.

  • CarlosAugust 25, 2021 at 1:42 am

    I have progrip in me and I already had 3 surgery on my 4th surgery October 6th 2021 at mayo client, MN

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